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Cannot connect to my network after reformat.

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 10:41 PM

I recently decided to reformat my old computer of many years (mostly because my new computer is messed up, but that's literally another topic). It seemed to work fine. So the first thing I do is attempt to connect to the Internet with my adapter (which had been connecting fine before the reformat). I downloaded a new driver from the netgear site (this is an old MA101 adapter) and used a flash drive to install it on the newly formatted computer, but, while I could see the network, I couldn't connect. I figured it might be too new of a driver for Windows Service Pack 1 (if that makes no sense, I apologize; I'm not very good at this), so I downloaded Service Pack 3 and updated. So now I have XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3, but the Internet still refuses to work. I've searched for this problem and got a lot of results, but most of them seem to have been solved by new drivers, which I already have.

However, I do have a few question marks in the device manager: Multimedia Audio Controller, PCI Input Device, and Video Controller (VGA Compatible). I've looked in the driver disc that came with the computer and at the website, but I can't figure out what I'm supposed to download to fix those, or if they're even relevant to this problem (and I can't even download stuff from that Dell site sometimes; my computer doesn't seem to like their download setup).

I know that's not a ton of info, so just tell me what else you need to know. I'm afraid if I try to fix this myself I'll only make things worse. Hopefully you all can get my Internet back.

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 02:29 AM

I've seen several people having trouble downloading from Dell. First you need to clean out all your cookies. Then when you click on the download on the Dell website you get two options: (1) downloading using the Dell download manager; and (2) download using Internet Explorer. You need to select option (2).
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